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Gladiola Zone 9

Zone 95521 | Anonymous added on March 26, 2019 | Answered

I live in Arcata, CA Zone 9; our garden has clay soil type. We have an extra Yard that's down hill, shown in the picture; it's still on berry bushes madness. I'm planning to clear that out, then I found Gladiola bulb they sell it on our local market. Since that, I googled what is Gladiola and look on how to growing them, in love. Will Gladiola Grow on clay soil? The soil is clumped and not easy to loosen up, but I assure you that I dug 1 gallon of soil to put in a Schefflera plant, and they're doing fine. Will Gladiola will be fine to plant in clay soil type? Thank you

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on March 27, 2019

Some varieties will, but most will have a hard time with it. There are many ways to amend clay soil. This article will get you started: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm

This article will give you examples of plants that will do well with the clay if amending is not an option: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/xeriscape-landscape-design-ideas-for-clay-soil.htm

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